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by Slowroad
17 Feb 2020, 8:28pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Nottingham's brand new city centre car park
Replies: 33
Views: 1640

Re: Nottingham's brand new city centre car park

The one from Bingham to Radcliffe (part of an NCN) is barely 2 feet wide in places. If you meet anyone coming the other way on a bike, you both have to stop and edge past each other.

It's actually just a footpath, isn't it, with permission for cyclists to use...
by Slowroad
2 Feb 2020, 8:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Three Speed Day Rides and Touring, how long and how far.
Replies: 39
Views: 2303

Re: Three Speed Day Rides and Touring, how long and how far.

I've a 20-year-old Brompton which I've just converted to 3-speed - the old 5-speed hub had since I got it second hand some years ago jumped in 1st and in 4th. After my last tour on it - I use it for youth hostel tours in Europe - I did up to 55 miles a day. But the gears were getting increasingly ir...
by Slowroad
2 Feb 2020, 8:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A worrying thought about hand signals
Replies: 38
Views: 1435

Re: A worrying thought about hand signals

Always ‘augment’ your hand signals with verbal signals. “On your left”, “on your right”, “coming through mind your backs” etc.

I'm a cyclist and I don't really know what those mean! But I think 'on your left' is different from 'I'm turning left'?
by Slowroad
2 Feb 2020, 8:27pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Birmingham follows Bruges.
Replies: 21
Views: 1050

Re: Birmingham follows Bruges.

Something to chuck into the mix is that if you are on benefits and looking for work, you have to (after a certain time) look for jobs 90 minutes commute away. With all the issues re commuting - not many people enjoy it (unless they are cycling!) - we will surely have to have some sort of job-swap sy...
by Slowroad
26 Jan 2020, 5:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" mudguards?
Replies: 12
Views: 378

Re: 26" mudguards?

I assume you tried to attach to the cross bar thing on the seat stays? that limits how far up they can go - the mudguards can then only go out as you tried, way too far out? Yes - unfortunately the fittings at the front don't fit - but that's just my bike. I've had a better go at fitting them today...
by Slowroad
26 Jan 2020, 12:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" mudguards?
Replies: 12
Views: 378

Re: 26" mudguards?

Thanks for your comments - a few clarifications: They are 26" x 4.5cm mudguards and advertised to fit 1" to 1.75" tyres, mine are 1.25". So 'should' be designed with that wheel diameter in mind... doesn't look like they were though! No, weren't tightened up, just held in front of...
by Slowroad
25 Jan 2020, 8:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" mudguards?
Replies: 12
Views: 378

26" mudguards?

I bought these last week, but they seem a little large for my 26" wheels! They are Blackburn Cloudburst. The seller (big reputable firm) says they've never had any comments before and wonders if they may have got 'slightly flattened in transit'. The first pic shows that I will have to cut a lot...
by Slowroad
20 Jan 2020, 4:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WW1 cycling route?
Replies: 10
Views: 674

Re: WW1 cycling route?

This is worth a read: http://www.richmay.co.uk/four-war-tour/
Another poignant piece of 'trivia' is that the first and last casualties are buried opposite each other in the same cemetery, quite by accident https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/ ... -world-war
by Slowroad
19 Jan 2020, 8:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WW1 cycling route?
Replies: 10
Views: 674

Re: WW1 cycling route?

I did a route around the Somme in 2018 to visit my great uncle's grave 100 years to the day he died. I took in Vimy Ridge, Cambrai, Albert (and the Lochnagar Crater and several cemetaries round there), then back east to Peronne (nice town) for a break, then west again along the Somme River - definit...
by Slowroad
19 Jan 2020, 8:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Vélodyssée as a single female
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

Re: La Vélodyssée as a single female

el flaco wrote: Most French people now speak English. Not my experience at all and I spend 3 months every year cycle camping in france. Best to learn some basic French to get by in rural areas where little english is still spoken. Thre's certainly more English spoken in tourist areas, but in the ma...
by Slowroad
14 Jan 2020, 4:55pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Second-hand e-bikes?
Replies: 6
Views: 477

Re: Second-hand e-bikes?

Thanks all - really useful. I'll pass it on. :-)
by Slowroad
13 Jan 2020, 8:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Eurovelo 15 north to south from Wiesbaden to Andermatt
Replies: 7
Views: 1089

Re: Eurovelo 15 north to south from Wiesbaden to Andermatt

For cycling the Rhine south of Strasbourg I recommend the French Wine Route through Alsace. At Colmar cross the river at Neuf-Brisach (a fortified Vauban town) and Breisach to Freiburg. Top Sounds good - one of my options is to hop on the train from Strasbourg to Selestat, cycle to Colmar, then to ...
by Slowroad
12 Jan 2020, 9:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike-and-train touring
Replies: 48
Views: 2841

Re: Bike-and-train touring

The Guardain does it the easy ( expensive , cheat?) way https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/jan/11/family-cycling-holiday-train-london-to-italy-south-tirol-lake-garda?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0d1YXJkaWFuVG9kYXlVS19XZWVrZW5kLTIwMDExMQ%3D%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=GTUK_email...
by Slowroad
12 Jan 2020, 9:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Vélodyssée as a single female
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

Re: La Vélodyssée as a single female

I've not done the Velodessee but I do all my tours as a single female, organising it all myself. I usually either book ahead if youth hostelling or have a good idea where I could stay if camping. I'm busy doing it right now, it's part of January! Have you tried https://www.freewheelingfrance.com/? T...
by Slowroad
12 Jan 2020, 8:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Eurovelo 15 north to south from Wiesbaden to Andermatt
Replies: 7
Views: 1089

Re: Eurovelo 15 north to south from Wiesbaden to Andermatt

Thanks! I do like quiet details like that. :-)